Becoming an LPN in North Dakota
In the state of North Dakota professional nurses strive to provide treatment for not only a wide range of moderately to chronically ill people, but also help those who are healthy maintain that quality of life. North Dakota is also a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which allows other NLC state licensed nursed to practice within its jurisdiction without additional licensing. By 2024, it’s predicted that LPN jobs will increase up to 17% across the state of North Dakota, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals interested in this influx of jobs must meet state requirements and apply for a North Dakota LPN license.
North Dakota LPN Licensing Requirements
North Dakota requires those seeking to become licensed in the state to complete an approved nursing education program and pass the state-required test. Once all educational requirements are complete, the applicant is encouraged to submit an application to the state, including:
- Official transcript sent directly from state-approved nursing program with degree posted.
- Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
- Criminal background check.
LPN License by Examination:
Other physical requirements may be helpful in performing day-to-day activities as an LPN, however, they may not be required. These activities are not limited to moving patients and lifting machinery.
North Dakota is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact that allows nurses from other NLC states to participate within its borders without additional licensing. These nurses are, however, required to register a primary state of residence. Nurses for non-compact states can apply for a North Dakota license by endorsement by submitting the proper application as well as the following:
- Verification of state licensure.
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
- Criminal background check.
Foreign applicants must also submit proof of English proficiency as well as an official transcript evaluation by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
North Dakota LPN licenses expires every 2 years and requires 12 contact hours of continued education during the licensing period to renew.
Learn more about North Dakota LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in North Dakota. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
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For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our North Dakota LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
1500 Edwards Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58506
105 Simrall Blvd, Bottineau, ND 58318
291 Campus Dr, Dickinson, ND 58601
1801 College Drive N, Devils Lake, ND 58301
800 6th St N, Wahpeton, ND 58076
9299 N Dakota 24, Fort Yates, ND 58538
10145 BIA Road 7, Turtle Mountain, ND 58369
3315 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504
1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND 58801
Additional ND Nursing Resources
- North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: (701) 328-9777
- North Dakota Nurses Association
1515 Burnt Boat Dr. Suite C #325
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: (701) 335-6376
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